Rushing from work straight out to a party can be fraught. But in our experience, you can cheat what you wear (and step out in the same dress) when you take some time to have your makeup and nails professionally groomed. The team at Beauty EQ discovered a destination where beauty services are on tap.
There is one destination in Auckland that offers it all from nails to makeup, lash extensions and even brow grooming. Elizabeth Arden Boutique in Auckland with a menu aptly named Pretty in the City. Beauty services that include a subtle brow groom or lash extensions right through to a bold makeup party look, not to mention a Shellac manicure. Here's a taste of what's on offer at the Boutique.
Boutique manager and makeup artist Lidean Erasmus says we are very neutral when it comes to makeup shades and most of us are colour shy. "There is nothing that gives you that party feeling like a bold makeup with a smoky eye and glossy lip."
Here are her tips for getting party ready
1. Make sure your foundation matches the skin on your neck and chest. And then blend over a bronzer to even the colour out. When you are wearing an evening look and have bare shoulders, or chest you want to make sure the skin tone is even.
2. Blush is essential. Start by buffing colour across the cheeks and then sweeping the blush in a 3-shape, blend a combination of bronzer and blush up to the temples and then down along the jaw.
3. Don't always opt for a black or brown smokey eye. Shades of pink, purple and bronze look stunning after five, especially when the eyeshadow has a touch of sparkle.
4. Always rim the inner line of the eye with kohl pencil in black. This makes the eye makeup really pop, and as the night goes on it helps a smoky eye look lived in and sexy.
5. Wearing gloss is perfect for the evening. Add a colour base with a liner and then lipstick, and then coat the lips with a shimmery finish using gloss.
Essential Shellac manicure includes a feature nail, 60 minutes, $65.
Special occasion makeup including lashes allow 75 minutes, $90.
Eyelash Extensions a complimentary eyelash tint available with all eyelash extensions 30 minutes, $60.
Boutique Christmas Hours:
27 November: Closed
14 December: 10am-7pm
15 December: 10am-7pm
21 December: 10am-7pm
22 December: 10am-7pm
25 December: Closed
1 January: Closed
Boutique 62 Queen Street Auckland CBD (09) 379 4869